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2009: Canada-CARICOM Free Trade Agreement

Date: 
Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 05:00

Students pursuing an M.Sc. in International Trade Policy at the University of the West Indies: Cave Hill Campus participated in the Canada-CARICOM simulations in February of 2009.  The students were divided in two teams each representing Canada or CARICOM with each team selecting a chief negotiator.  Advisors were also available to assist the teams on their proposal and approach of negotiation. The negotiating parties hoped to develop a Free Trade Agreement which includes text on agriculture services and goods and trade and development. The agreement covered the areas of agriculture, Investment, trade in goods and services and trade and development. After days of deliberation and draft texts, the delegation presented a final agreement which successfully served the interest of both parties. No decision was made on the winning delegation. The Chair, Mr. Neil Paul, and the other panel members consisting of the coaches, congratulated the teams and presented comments on the overall process.